2010 NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK – MAY 16-27 – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson © 2010

National Public Works Week is celebrated across the country the third week of May every year to call attention to the importance of public works projects, programs and services in our communities. To showcase the importance of public works in the lives of all San Franciscans and celebrate our heroes at DPW who serve the public with pride, skill and responsiveness, we are also offering free public tours where people can learn more about the inner workings of the department and partnering agencies.

Project Tours: Open to the public
To sign up: 554-6920 or email dpw@sfdpw.org

Sunnyside Conservatory
Monday, May 17, 2010 at Noon
Monterey & Baden streets

Hired by the Recreation and Park Department, DPW led the reconstruction of this 111-year old landmark to restore it to its original grandeur. The conservatory, which has eight sides and soaring ceilings, is now seismically upgraded and accessible. The surrounding garden, which includes a rare Chilean wine palm and a centenarian Norfolk pine, has new plants and has been cleaned up.

Twenty-three small bronze sculptures, depicting creatures real and imaginary, have been tucked in the garden and along the walkways. Join DPW’s Landscape Architect Edward Chin and Architect Andy Maloney to discover this San Francisco treasure and learn how DPW painstakingly upgraded it.

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Sunnyside Conservatory on reopening day December 5, 2009
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

The Street Parks of San Francisco
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at Noon
California College of the Arts-1111 8th Street

Did you know there are 100 Street Parks in San Francisco? These are community-managed public spaces where DPW and neighbors have transformed vacant lots into gardens, trash and illegal dumping spots into greenery, and hillsides into parks. Join us and tour several Street Parks in the City. DPW’s Sandra Zuniga will lead the tour.

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A new DPW installed public park next to the freeway off ramp at 6th and Brannan opened on April 14, 2010
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

Branch Library Improvements
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Noon
Meet at Eureka Branch Library at Market at 16th streets

The largest building campaign in San Francisco Public Library history is in full swing and DPW is providing project management, design and construction oversight to the Branch Library Improvement Program. Three branch libraries will be highlighted during this tour — Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial, Potrero, and the Bernal Heights libraries.

You will learn how DPW incorporated seismic strengthening, accessibility requirements, new technology, energy savings, and historic restoration into beautifully restored buildings while providing flexible and innovative 21st century library spaces. The tour will be led by project team member Mindy Linetzky and DPW architect Andy Maloney and architectural associate Paul De Freitas.

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DPW Director Ed Reiskin speaks at the reopening ceremony for
the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk branch libray on October 24, 2009
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

The Bridges of San Francisco County
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 12 noon and 6:00 p.m.
Third Street Bridge at Third and King streets

DPW maintains and operates three bridges South of Market. DPW is opening up two -the Third Street and Fourth Street Bridges- for tours. They are two of San Francisco’s historic drawbridges and were designed by engineer Joseph Strauss of Golden Gate Bridge fame. DPW’s Stationary Engineer Miguel Govea, who has been operating the bridges for more than 20 years, will lead the tour and demonstrate how these bridges operate.

Laguna Honda Hospital Tour
Friday, May 21, 2010 at Noon
375 Laguna Honda Blvd.
Meet in front of existing main building

DPW is responsible for delivering this major capital improvement project on behalf of the Departmentof Public Health. The Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Program includes the construction of three new buildings and renovation of an existing wing.

The campus includes two new therapy pools, clinics, physical therapy, a farmhouse, greenhouse as well as therapeutic gardens. LHH will be the first green hospital in California to implement sustainable features in its design, construction, and operation. DPW’s program manager John Thomas will lead the tour.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a San Francisco-based veteran photojournalist. Bill embraced photojournalism at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR), The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, SFist, SFAppeal. Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past six years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.


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